WWW Wednesdays!

What I’m currently reading:

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The Son of Neptune, by Rick Riordan (Heroes of Olympus #2)

I liked the Percy Jackson series A LOT, and so I had to read this sequel (?) series! The first book, The Lost Hero, is really good, but I’m having a hard time getting into this one. I don’t know what it is, but I’m stuck on the first few pages.

What I recently finished reading:

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The Lost Hero, by Rick Riordan (Heroes of Olympus #1)

As is aforementioned, I liked this book a lot! Great to return to the Percy Jackson world, but with new characters and totally crazy things happening!

What I think I’ll read next:

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Everybody Sees The Ants, by A.S King

I just feel like reading this. I have heard really good things about it, and John Green recommended it, so, you know. 😉

Link your WWW posts down below, or just let me know your answers in the comments. 🙂

Happy reading,

Z.

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Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep by Mary Elizabeth Frye

Do not stand at my grave and weep

I am not there. I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow.

I am the diamond glints on snow.

I am the sunlight on ripened grain.

I am the gentle autumn rain.

When you awaken in the morning’s hush

I am the swift uplifting rush

Of quiet birds in circled flight.

I am the soft stars that shine at night.

Do not stand at my grave and cry;

I am not there. I did not die.

 

I love this poem so much! It’s short, meaningful and, in my eyes, so true. It reminds me of The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green (if you have read that book, I hope you know what I mean when I say that). To me, the poem is saying that don’t stop living your life because someone has passed away, because they haven’t really died. They are in the things that you live for, in the things that make life on this planet beautiful. I recently lost someone who was very close to me, and this poem makes me feel happier for them and for myself. It’s very nice.

 

Read It 1st!

In 2011, Hank Green (of the Vlogbrothers) made an awesome website: ReadIt1st.com

It’s a website which is pretty much dedicated to making you pledge to not the watch the movie-adaption of a book before reading the book. I thought it was a really cool idea, and so I pledged and signed up for emails that will notify me when a book is going to be adapted into a film, so that I can read it before it comes out on the big screen.

I encourage you to take the pledge, too!

Happy reading,

Z.

Thoughts about Quotes – Africa was a country till I turned 11.

“Knowing is independent of being. I did not know you existed before you bumbled in here and ruined my nap. Yet that doesn’t mean you weren’t real before you woke me.”

Eragon, by Christopher Paolini

I find this particular thread of thought very fascinating. I read Eragon years ago, and recently I began thinking about how humans can be very self-centered, how we don’t know about anything beyond what is in our minds. I know it’s impossible to have knowledge of things that we have not heard of, or learnt about. But some people don’t even keep an open mind to the fact that there are thousands of things that you probably don’t know about, and just because you don’t know it, it doesn’t mean it’s not real or true. I don’t know if this is making sense – it’s a difficult line of thinking, and I’m not great at expressing it. So, example: Till I was around 11 or 12, I thought that Africa was a country. I guess I had never learnt about, or more possibly, I didn’t care to think about it; surely I had looked at a map and seen that there are borders and many different bolded names, indicating various countries. But it wasn’t till one day when someone corrected my decade long obliviousness that I found out that Africa is a continent. It took me a while to come to terms with this, because in the course of a few minutes, more than 50 countries replaced just one.

Just something to think about. I love the way quotes from books that we might have read years ago, come back to our thoughts some day.

 

I’m trying this new weekly post: Thoughts about Quotes. This is a fairly short post, but I might make them a bit longer from now on. Let me know your thoughts about this kind of post – do you like it? Would you want more? Do you not like and why not? And also let me know your thoughts on this week’s quote!

Happy reading,

Z.

 

New Blog!

I recently started a new blog, titled: This Is Me. It’s different to this blog, and more personal.

Here’s an excerpt out of my first post:

I think from the moment that we are born, we begin to accumulate various titles. Some of them, we choose for ourselves, some of them are chosen for us by others, and sometimes, no one gets a say. … To different people, we are different things. For ourselves, we are a number of different titles. But I don’t say that I am a sister and a daughter and a friend and a supporter. No, I am me. Zenia. And this – this blog- is a part of me.

I am a Nerdfighter. A title I chose for myself. Being able to call myself a Nerdfighter – being a part of Nerdfighteria- helped me to become more self-accepting. I started to not care about what Decepticons thought.

http://birdwithafreedomfry.wordpress.com/

Of course, I’ll still be running this blog in the same way as before. 🙂

Happy reading,

Z.

 

WWW Wednesdays

What I’m currently reading:

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The Death Cure, by James Dashner

This is the third and last book in the Maze Runner trilogy. Can’t wait to see how it all ends, and hopefully all my questions will be answered! You can go check out my Maze Runner review here. 

I’m also reading:

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Maus, by Art Spiegelman

This is a very beautiful graphic novel that is about Vladek Spiegelman’s (the author/illustrator’s father) story of survival through the Holocaust. I recently posted a recommendation for this narrative that you can go check out for more information.

What I recently finished reading:

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The Scorch Trials, by James Dashner

The second book in the Maze Runner series. Really fast-paced, filled with mystery and just beyond my expectations!

What I think I’ll read next:

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Evan Burl and the Falling, by Justin Blaney

I received the free ebook of this novel on my Kindle a few months ago. I have been meaning to read it for a long time, and I’m finally going to after my current reads! I will be reviewing this book.

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Divergent, by Veronica Roth

I’ve heard ONLY amazing things about this book. I haven’t been able to buy it, and it wasn’t at the library last time I went. So hopefully it’ll be there when I go to the library next time. I actually have read the first few chapters at school, but then the book disappeared from the book cupboard we have in the class, so I’ll have to start again when I can finally get my hands on it! Can’t wait!!

Let me know you WWW answers in the comments below!

Happy reading,

Z.